50 States of Mind

50 States of Mind

www.50statesofmind.org
State by state, host Ryan Bernsten and international guests explore perceptions of America via interviews with mayors, governors, and voters on both sides of the aisle from a 5-month journey through all 50 states. Take a trip through America to listen and to learn what’s really happening in the USA. www.50statesofmind.org


Season Finale: The Antarctic State of Mind
Oct 1, 2019 • 65 min
From Oxford, Ryan and Nacho a.k.a. “Doctor of Penguins” talk about life in Antarctica, stories of expeditions gone wrong, how climate change is hurting penguins, and how our consumer culture is negatively affecting our environment. Check out the VERY…
Special Episode - The Prologue
Sep 2, 2019 • 17 min
In a special episode, hear about the upcoming “50 States of Mind” book that inspired the podcast and listen to the prologue chapter about a Hillary rally gone wrong 13 days before the 2016 election. Ready to jumpstart your business with a new teammate?…
2020 Candidates - Rep. Seth Moulton
Aug 16, 2019 • 23 min
From Kansas City, Ryan talks to presidential candidate Seth Mouton about his role as the only combat veteran in the Democratic primary, what’s driving him crazy about the 2020 race so far, and his work co-hosting a TV program talking to Iraqi people on…
State #13 - Michigan
Aug 10, 2019 • 36 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Nancy talk about Nancy’s hometown of Glasgow, gun violence in America versus “a doin’” in Scotland, how Nancy charmed a man who threatened to shoot her tires on a visit to Detroit, and whether Trump will be reelected in 2020,…
State #12 - Wisconsin
Jul 20, 2019 • 48 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Alex talk about Alex’s work with the Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda, the need to view local knowledge as expert knowledge, and ISIS in East Africa, before listening to an interview with a former maximum security prisoner turned…
State #11 - New Jersey
Jul 9, 2019 • 46 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guests Christina and Esame discuss their respective homes of Greece and Nigeria, talk a little about American accents, and debate the grey areas of global climate change politics, before listening to an interview with former New…
Live Q&A at Brasenose College - Oxford
Jun 29, 2019 • 40 min
Ryan speaks to a panel of Oxford students and faculty about major takeaways from traveling through all 50 states and steps we can take to increase listening in our own communities. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/50-states-of-mind/message
State #10 - Delaware
Jun 20, 2019 • 29 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Logan discuss Logan’s childhood in South Africa, how America can learn from the aftermath of a populist president, and one Delaware community’s struggle for a new library, before listening to an interview with the head…
State #9 - Pennsylvania
Jun 11, 2019 • 44 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Maddie discuss Maddie’s move from Cameroon to Brighton, Cameroon’s language civil war, “good woke” versus “bad woke”, and a Christian interpretation of choice before listening to interviews in Erie with two McDonald’s workers…
The Trump Rally
May 30, 2019 • 55 min
From Oxford, Ryan and previous guests Maria (Mexico), Mako (Zimbabwe), and Ioan (U.K.), listen to interviews with attendees of a Trump rally in Cleveland, discuss finding community in a political movement, the failed systems that led to Trump’s rise, and…
State #8 - New York
May 23, 2019 • 45 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Lauren discuss Lauren’s hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, the sociopolitical implications of “good hair”, Lauren’s decision not to vote in the 2016 election, and the lack of nuance in political discourse before listening to an…
State #7 - Connecticut
May 15, 2019 • 57 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Mustafa discuss Mustafa’s upbringing in Pakistan, the effects of drones & the War on Terror on Pakistan, fasting during Ramadan, and the major differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims before listening to an interview with the…
State #6 - Rhode Island
May 7, 2019 • 40 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Em talk about Em’s homeland of Australia, the Emu Wars, Steven Bannon’s visit to the Oxford Union, and the Australian health care system’s blend of public and private insurance before listening to interviews with a conservative…
State #5 - Massachusetts
Apr 29, 2019 • 46 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Jack (Jank) talk about Jack’s hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon, how physical space affects political outlooks, the Roosevelt family, and a mispronounced rendition of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” before listening to…
State #4 - Maine
Apr 23, 2019 • 41 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Elaine talk about Elaine’s connection to Ireland, the proper pronunciation of St. Patty’s, the terrifying “wooden spoon”, and work/life balance in Scandinavian countries compared to the U.S. and U.K. before listening to…
State #3 - New Hampshire
Apr 15, 2019 • 58 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Mako talk about Mako’s hometown of Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, her mother’s historic election as the first black female mayor in Southern Africa, and the right to vote as they listen to interviews with Max, the Dartmouth College Dem…
State #2 - Vermont
Apr 10, 2019 • 50 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Ioan discuss Brexit, the differences between American and British culture, and how weekly PMQs (Prime Minister Questions) hold British leaders accountable. They also hear interviews from Vermont locals: seniors in Winooski, the…
State #1 - Ohio
Apr 1, 2019 • 48 min
From Oxford, Ryan and guest Maria discuss Maria’s hometown of Mexico City, why Americans give off an impression of entitlement, and listen to interviews with the mayor of Gambier and a bartender in East Cleveland, Ohio. Ready to jumpstart your business…